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Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:06

Central Maine CA$H Coalition to offer free tax clinics

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WATERVILLE The Central Maine Creating Assets, Savings and Hope (CA$H) coalition is launching its annual service of free tax preparation in what they hope to be a record-breaking season helping individuals and families gain their maximum tax return possible. Central Maine CA$H is one of several such coalitions providing free tax preparation services throughout Maine. 

A collaborative effort of United Way of Mid-Maine, Key Bank, the IRS and many others, the Central Maine CA$H coalition's free tax clinics are available to individuals or families with a total household income of $52,000 or less in 2013. The clinics will be held in various local sites supported by coalition partners including Winslow Community Federal Credit Union, Mid-Maine Adult Community Education, Lawrence Adult Education, Skowhegan Federated Church, Kennebec Valley Community College and Camden National Bank in Bingham.  

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 14:18

Longtime Penquis CEO announces retirement

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BANGOR - After 27 years of service as the CEO of Penquis C.A.P., Inc., Charles Newton announced his intention to retire early this summer. "Fully dedicated to the Penquis mission and its excellent reputation in the community, Charlie has led Penquis to being recognized as a leader in the delivery of quality, effective and cost efficient social services for Maine's families," said Tom Lizotte, chairperson, Penquis Board of Directors.

Newton assumed the position on Jan. 5, 1987, the same year that Penquis celebrated its 20th anniversary. With Penquis now in its 47th year of service, Newton is the longest serving CEO for Penquis. During Newton's tenure, among many other notable accomplishments, Penquis established MaineStream Finance, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) providing personal finance, home loans and business services to people in Maine who might otherwise have limited access to financing and credit; established the Penquis Law Project to provide legal assistance to victims of domestic violence; constructed, together with its affiliates and subsidiaries, 286 units of senior and family housing in 12 different housing developments representing nearly $45 million invested in area communities; successfully merged with the Coastal Community Action Program, the community action agency serving Knox County; and, most recently, he led Penquis to its selection, in a competitive bidding process, as the only Maine company to be a Broker for MaineCare Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NET) and to successfully launch the Penquis NET Brokerage with limited disruption on Aug. 1, 2013. Today, Penquis operates with an annual budget of over $25 million with a dedicated professional staff of 325. 

Monday, 30 December 2013 23:08

Husson and CMCC sign major transfer agreement

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BANGOR AND AUBURN Central Maine Community College (CMCC) and Husson University have approved a memorandum of understanding that will facilitate the transfer of credits and provide students interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree with a smooth transition from CMCC to Husson.  

The agreement outlines admission and program requirements. It also specifies which CMCC courses can be used to meet general elective and major requirements at Husson. Individual course equivalencies listed by program are included in the agreement to assist in the advising process.

Thursday, 26 December 2013 12:43

Big Brothers Big Sisters receives Bank of America grant

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CAMDEN - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine was the recent recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Bank of America Foundation. The grant was to support the agency's 1-to-1 Youth Mentoring program in six Maine counties. The agency serves over 500 children in Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, Somerset and Waldo Counties.

'Bank of America has been a wonderful partner and supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine for many years,' said CEO Alex Gaeth. 'They have provided not only financial support but human resources to serve as Board and Committee members, mentors, School Coordinators and other volunteer roles as well.'

BANGOR Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor is pleased to welcome Lynn Hempen as executive director and Steve Hicks as construction manager for the affiliate. Hempen brings 20 years of development experience to her new position with expertise in strategic planning, campaign management, annual fund development, board facilitation and training. Hicks brings 27 years of experience in construction management, most recently from Eastern Maine Development Corporation.

The Bangor affiliate of Habitat for Humanity began building affordable homes in the area nearly 25 years ago. Board of Directors president Seamus Higgins said, 'It's our mission to build affordable homes, better lives, stronger families and safer communities through partnerships with people and organizations throughout Greater Bangor. We are excited to welcome Lynn and Steve to the affiliate and look forward to working with them as we serve an increasing number of families in the area.'

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 20:35

Maine Development Foundation releases third quarter jobs report

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AUGUSTA The Maine Development Foundation (MDF) today released the second of their quarterly jobs reports titled Jobs in Maine: Online Job Postings by Industry, Occupation, Skills, and Education. The report covers the third quarter of the year, and the organization plans to continue the series with an end of year report as well. The data is culled from thousands of online job listings and social media sites as well as the data reported by the federal Department of Labor. MDF has partnered on this project with John Dorrer, senior advisor for Jobs for the Future and former acting commissioner and director of the Center for Workforce Research and Information of the Maine Department of Labor.  

'The quality and quantity of our workforce is critical for Maine's success, and the more information we have about what's going on, particularly in real time, the greater impact we can have collectively,' said Maggie Drummond-Bahl, one of the program directors who worked with Dorrer on the report. 'This data provides insight into the jobs employers are working to fill right now in Maine and the skills, experience and, in some cases, degrees that employers are seeking.' 

BANGOR - Middle school students from Ellsworth, Medway and Newport are transforming into astronauts and mission control specialists at the Challenger Learning Center of Maine in Bangor, thanks to the generous support of Gilman Electrical Supply.

"These students have the opportunity to apply their skills in science, technology, engineering and math by flying space science missions," said Jennifer Therrien, education director and center coordinator at Challenger. "While they are at the Challenger Learning Center of Maine they will engage in hands-on learning that complements their in-class work and provides activities that are not possible in the classroom." In addition to meeting State science standards they will be required to solve problems, communicate effectively, make good decisions and work as a team to achieve success.

BANGOR Husson University announced recently that it will host the 41st Annual Frank M. Carter Tax Institute on its campus in Bangor at the Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business on Dec. 6, 2013. This annual event, co-sponsored by Husson University, the Penobscot County Bar Association and the Maine Society of Certified Public Accountants, is designed to provide tax practitioners with the most current information available about the tax and legislative changes affecting their practices and their clients in the upcoming year. The day provides a chance for continuing education credits, as attendees can earn eight hours of CPE and seven hours of CLE, including one hour of ethics credit.

'We've got a great line-up of financial thought leaders with expertise at both the federal and state levels. We anticipate a dynamic educational event,' said Nancy Forster-Holt, Ph.D., executive director of entrepreneurship and executive development at Husson University.

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:09

BGR celebrates retirement of explosive detecting canine

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BANGOR - recently celebrated the retirement of the explosive detection canine, Endumin. On Tuesday, Nov. 26th, BGR formally welcomed his replacement, Sony, a yellow lab, to the airport.

For more than five years, Endumin has served BGR and the Greater Bangor Region as part of the City of Bangor's Bomb Squad K-9 Unit. He has served as the airport's K-9 ambassador by participating in countless airport tours and community outreach events with his handler, Officer Dan Scripture. 

PORTLAND What better way to unwind after a busy Thanksgiving holiday festivities than to hop aboard the Amtrak Downeaster and take a relaxing ride to Freeport for Midnight Madness an extraordinary Black Friday experience for just $5 each way! On Thanksgiving night, Train 697 will arrive in Freeport at 10:35 p.m., and Train 699 will arrive in Freeport at 2:05 a.m. on Friday morning. 

Freeport is a beautiful coastal village known all over for world-class shopping. From premium international brands to unique local finds, Freeport has it all. The Moonlight Madness Celebration officially begins at 12:01 a.m. with a fun run down Main Street with Santa on a Harley leading the way. Dozens of outlet shops like The Children's Place, J. Crew Factory, The North Face, Tommy Hilfiger, Nine West, Jones New York and more will open their doors at midnight filled with great merchandise and special holiday deals - but remember, LL Bean is always open! If great bargains aren't enough, enjoy special treats and samplings including hot chowder, donuts and other surprises offered by local merchants as you stroll through Freeport's brick sidewalks and shop dozens of famous brand outlets lining the charming and historic streetscape. 

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